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    Aug. 6, 2012

    CHICAGO - Former UIC softball standout Tricia Charbonneau played in the Women's Football Alliance (WFA) championship game Sunday, as she and the Chicago Force came up short in a 40-36 decision versus the San Diego Surge at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Charbonneau, an eight-year veteran kicker and co-owner for the Force, excelled on the softball field for the Flames from 1995-98, garnering All-Conference accolades all four seasons of her career. The Moline, Ill., native is also a successful architect at Morgante Wilson in Evanston.

    Charbonneau connected on a pair of extra points in the game, and also punted the ball four times - she averaged 22.3 yards per punt. The Force led 36-27 with less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but the San Diego Surge scored 13 unanswered points to secure the comeback win, and their first-ever WFA Title.

    With the Chicago Force, Charbonneau was a team captain in 2009 and 2010, Game Day MVP in 2007, and the Most Improved Player in 2005.